12 Dec 2023

United States

January 2024 Visa Bulletin Issued: Rest of the World EB-1 Category Remains Current; EB-1 India and China Move Forward; Slight Forward Movement in Some Other Categories

The U.S. Department of State has released its January 2024 Visa Bulletin imposing per-country cut-off dates that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of Adjustment of Status (AOS) applications and consular Immigrant Visa application filings and approvals. In order to be “current,” the priority date held by a person applying for permanent residence must be before the cut-off date specified in the monthly Visa Bulletin.

To be eligible to file an Employment-Based (EB) AOS application, a foreign national must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for his or her preference category and country of chargeability. The “C” listing indicates that the category is current and that applications may be filed with any priority date.

For the Dates for Filing, the January 2024 Visa Bulletin moves forward the India EB-1 cutoff date of July 1, 2019, from the December Visa Bulletin, to January 1, 2021. EB-1 China’s cut-off date has moved from August 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023. The EB-1 Rest of the World, Mexico, and Philippines remain current. The Rest of the World, Mexico, and Philippines EB-2 cut-off dates have moved forward slightly from January 1, 2023, to February 15, 2023. All EB-3 categories remain backlogged, with the EB-3 category for the Rest of the World unchanged at February 1, 2023, China EB-3 moving forward to July 1, 2021 from September 1, 2020, and India EB-3 unchanged at August 1, 2012.

Dates for Filing Chart Will Control in January 2024

The Visa Bulletin includes both a Dates for Filing chart and a Final Action Dates chart. The Final Action Dates chart indicates when a priority date is current and I-485 AOS applications or Immigrant Visa applications may be approved and permanent residence granted. The Dates for Filing chart, when followed by USCIS, indicates when intending immigrants may file their AOS applications with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Each month, USCIS chooses to either follow the Final Action or the Dates for Filing chart. For January 2024, the USCIS will follow the Dates for Filing chart for Employment-Based AOS application filings. Thus, those seeking to file applications for AOS with the USCIS in January 2024 must use the Dates for Filing chart shown below.

All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
1st C 01JAN23 01JAN21 C C
2nd 15FEB23 01JUN20 15MAY12 15FEB23 15FEB23
3rd 01FEB23 01JUL21 01AUG12 01FEB23 01JAN23


T&S Takeaway

The January Visa Bulletin contains no commentary by the State Department on the cut-off dates chosen for this month and no prediction is made as to future cut-off date movement or immigrant visa availability. This is the first time in several months that cut-off date movement has occurred, and this possibly reflects the agency’s plan to implement such changes on a quarterly basis.  If this is the case, it is possible that no further advancement or retrogression may occur until the April 2024 Visa Bulletin is issued.

The attorneys of Tafapolsky & Smith LLP will monitor and analyze all developments affecting immigrant visa availability, including all statements made by DOS officers before the publication of the relevant Visa Bulletin and will provide immediate updates on any significant developments.



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